South Lanarkshire Council rejects controversial quarry

Quarry site Hundreds of objections have been made against the quarry plan

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A controversial plan to dig five million tonnes of gravel from a site near the River Clyde has been rejected by South Lanarkshire Council.

Officials recommended refusing permission for quarry firm Patersons to excavate an 80-acre site at Overburns Farm, Lamington, near Tinto Hill.

Some local people believed the quarry would be an eyesore and damage tourism as well as the environment.

The council's planning committee voted to reject the scheme.

Patersons had said the gravel was needed for large roadwork projects in central Scotland - like the M74 extension and the upgrade to the A80.

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The proposed development will have an unacceptable landscape and visual impact”

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The firm had said it aimed to return the site to its current condition when digging work was completed in about 15 years.

Its plans, however, met with widespread objection from local people and politicians.

A report to South Lanarkshire's planning committee on 6 July listed letters of objection from MEPs, MPs and MSPs as well as hundreds of others from local people.

Recommending refusal, the report stated: "The proposed development will have an unacceptable landscape and visual impact."

The report raised concerns about the proximity of the development - about 65ft (20m) - from the River Clyde and its potential impact of the area's ecology.

Questions were also raised about the impact that flooding on the site would pose to the surrounding area.

Councillors accepted the recommendation from officers and rejected the planning application.

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